Indoor Hospitality Reopens

This week’s milestone date of Monday 17th May has been pencilled in our diaries for a few months now – the point promised on the ‘roadmap’ for a further easing of Coronavirus restrictions in England – assuming all went to plan. Hospitality venues in Ruddington preparing to reopen indoors had begun wondering in recent days whether clusters of cases of the new ‘Indian’ COVID-19 variant in other parts of the UK might put a spanner in the works – following fresh warnings from some scientists not to proceed with ‘Step 3’…

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Scouting for Scout Leaders

You may already have seen the impressive variety of ‘First Ruddington Scouts Needs YOU!’ posters around our village, promoting a campaign to recruit leaders. They’re part of concerted efforts to find more adults who’re able and willing to help run our local scouts, cubs and beaver groups here in Ruddington. Leader Dan Clifford explains: “First Ruddington Scouts is a thriving group with over 100 boys and girls looking for exciting, fun and adventurous activities to support their personal development and wellbeing. However, the successful future of the Scouts organisation in…

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New Boundaries for Ruddington?

A new pattern of wards is being developed for Rushcliffe Borough Council following The Local Government Boundary Commission‘s decision that the number of councillors here in Rushcliffe should be 44 – the same as it is now. However, with a significant amount of new housebuilding in Ruddington and other parts of the Borough, the Commission says our boundaries may need to change. That’s to make sure councillors represent about the same number of electors and ward arrangements help the council work effectively. It says it also wants to be sure that…

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Ruddington Right of Way Claim

Villagers who enjoy exploring the footpaths across what remains of the open countryside surrounding Ruddington are being encouraged to help stop a popular and important access route being lost. Nottinghamshire Ramblers are appealing for evidence that Landmere Lane has been used by the public for the last 20 years as an ‘unregistered path’. Signs have been tied up around the area with specific reference to the link from the end of Landmere Lane to ‘Ruddington Bridleway 2’ {shown in the top photo}. The group is asking that path users complete a ‘User…

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Al Fresco Burgers & Beer in Ruddington!

Have you heard about the ‘Pop-Up Beer Garden’ which has sprung into action in the picturesque surroundings of Easthorpe House? It’s here in our village courtesy of Annie’s Burger Shack and is serving food and drink every Friday, Saturday and Sunday in the grounds of the historic, Loughborough Road venue until the 23rd of May. With many of us looking forward to get togethers during the easing of COVID-19 lockdown, Annie knew Ruddington was the ideal place for this very special social event: “We chose a location outside of the city centre that provided a…

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Asher Lane To Be Shut for a Week!

In another frustrating turn of events for villagers and visitors, it’s been announced that a key access road at the southern end of Ruddington will need to be totally closed for a week this summer. As the construction of 175 new homes at the ‘Wilbur Chase’ housing development gathers pace, “carriageway improvement work” on behalf of Avant Homes will shut Asher Lane from its junction with Distillery Street to its junction with Musters Road from 7.30am on Monday 14th June through to 4.30pm on Friday 18th June. It’s believed this closure is for the widening…

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New Round of Co-op Community Funding

It’s been announced that the next round of the Co-op Local Community Fund is opening next week – on Tuesday May 4th. This will be the seventh time local clubs, charities and organisations have been invited to apply for funding raised by Co-operative members. Every time a card holder shops in store, or buys a Co-op product such as insurance, cash is raised for local projects here in Ruddington and in Clifton; which members can select, if they have a preference. Since the fund started, around five years’ ago, more than £50,000…

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What’s Happening with The Children’s Society Shop?

Whilst our village centre is now ‘buzzing’ again following the return of non-essential retail after a further easing of COVID-19 restrictions on April 12th, shoppers may have noticed there’s still no sign of life at one of Ruddington’s much loved charity shops. The Children’s Society Shop at the corner of High Street and Easthorpe Street closed its doors over a year ago – at the beginning of the first Coronavirus ‘lockdown’ – and hasn’t traded again since. A notice on the door has long been directing TCS customers wishing to shop or…

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Former Youth Centre to Be Demolished and Replaced

The new owners of the former Youth & Community Centre on The Green – which has lain empty and disused for over four years – have revealed how they plan to bulldoze it and erect more modern facilities in its place. As we’ve previously reported, Ruddington Parish Council (RPC) bought the building from Nottinghamshire County Council in 2019. Their planned public consultation on its future was delayed by the Coronavirus outbreak. Meantime, the onsite parking there has been made available to village traders in order to free up visitor spaces nearer the shops.…

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COVID Kits Now Available in Ruddington

The gradual easing of Coronavirus restrictions means you may now wish to take the opportunity to get together with a wider circle of people in our village (and beyond) to exercise and socialise – albeit in a ‘socially distanced’ way. However, all personal contact still carries risks, even if you’ve been vaccinated. Therefore, if you’d like to reassure yourself you have not picked up COVID-19 which you could inadvertently pass on to others, you can now collect a FREE kit from Evans Pharmacy on Charles Street. This ‘lateral flow test’…

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